The Volunteer (1917)

Drama | 24 December 1917

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Little Patriots . This film includes scenes of the World studios with appearances by actors, studio personnel, director-general William A. Brady and director Harley ... More Less

The working title of this film was Little Patriots . This film includes scenes of the World studios with appearances by actors, studio personnel, director-general William A. Brady and director Harley Knoles. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
22 Dec 17
p. 294.
Motog
29 Dec 17
p. 1349.
MPN
29 Dec 17
p. 4583.
MPW
3 Mar 17
p. 1373, 1409
NYDM
22 Dec 17
p. 30.
Variety
14 Dec 17
p. 45.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Little Patriots
Release Date:
24 December 1917
Copyright Claimants:
World Film Corp. World Film Corp.
Copyright Dates:
10 November 1917 27 December 1917
Copyright Numbers:
LU11698 LU11867
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Madge Evans, World Film Corp. juvenile star, is sent to her Quaker grandparents, Timothy and Tabitha Mendenhall, when her father and mother go to serve in World War I. After bidding farewell to the World stars, Madge goes to her grandparent's home where she experiences stern discipline. Jonathan Mendenhall, her uncle, is anxious to enlist, but is forbidden by his father, whose religion opposes fighting. Madge creeps into the old Quaker's heart by degrees, but he maintains unrelenting discipline in the household. Jonathan comes of age, enlists despite his father's opposition, and is disowned. When Madge's latest picture comes to town, the child implores her grandfather to take her to see it, but he refuses. Timothy secretly visits the theater, however, and is completely won over by Madge's acting. A change takes place in the old Quaker's nature as he praises Madge, forgives his son and writes to Madge's mother, whom he had cast out when she married against his will, to be sure and bring her husband back ... +


Madge Evans, World Film Corp. juvenile star, is sent to her Quaker grandparents, Timothy and Tabitha Mendenhall, when her father and mother go to serve in World War I. After bidding farewell to the World stars, Madge goes to her grandparent's home where she experiences stern discipline. Jonathan Mendenhall, her uncle, is anxious to enlist, but is forbidden by his father, whose religion opposes fighting. Madge creeps into the old Quaker's heart by degrees, but he maintains unrelenting discipline in the household. Jonathan comes of age, enlists despite his father's opposition, and is disowned. When Madge's latest picture comes to town, the child implores her grandfather to take her to see it, but he refuses. Timothy secretly visits the theater, however, and is completely won over by Madge's acting. A change takes place in the old Quaker's nature as he praises Madge, forgives his son and writes to Madge's mother, whom he had cast out when she married against his will, to be sure and bring her husband back safe. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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